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Beekeeping

Beekeeping is a very interesting and profitable venture that can be combined with other ventures or jobs with ease. Keeping bees is practiced by hundreds of people in the Netherlands as a profession or a hobby. Together, Dutch beekeepers have 40,000 to 80,000 beehives spread all over the country. By managing their hives, they ensure the pollination of all sorts of vegetables, fruit and seed crops.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Overview of apiary location and management
  • Various bee species
  • Mites and parasites, diseases and treatment, hygiene
  • Pollination
  • Supervision of quality control in various aspects of beekeeping and honey production; standardisation of types of honey
  • Value added bee products: wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, venom and other processed products
  • Supplemental nutrition
  • Hive and bee management: queen breeding and queen selection, swarming, dividing, etc.
  • Protective clothing
  • Construction of beehives and beekeeping equipment
  • Bee biology, lifecycle and bee species & races
  • Types of bee hives
  • Hive management, preparation & maintenance
  • Monitoring bee colonies, tools & equipment
  • Site selection of apiaries
  • Ecology of bee meadows, bee gardens
  • Pests, diseases and other nuisances
  • Ecological safe treatments
  • Harvesting, extracting/processing honey
  • Extracting other hive products
  • Queen rearing and production
  • Record keeping and analysis
  • Marketing bee products (adding value)
  • Training, extension services

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